[disclaimer: I started this post in U.S. And I start to mention a visit to Scotland. I continued writing it in Portugal while I was on holidays, and finally in my calm city of Leicester, I finished it. Don’t worry, I also believe that time is relative!]
With a time difference of 7 hours, here I am giving you another bit of what’s going on on my project!
A couple of weeks ago Silke and I went to Scotland to meet Joanne Tierney and her colleagues at the Scotland Police Authority. We’be been in two different laboratories, one in Dundee and the second one in Glasgow, more specifically in Gartcosh.
In both labs we’ve been received in a very warm and keen way. Examiners had a very excited attitude towards our projects, and we believe they will participate in the future to complete our experimental avtivities!! 🙂
Besides that, I was for the first time in Scotland. And, as a good student I did my homework and figured that the best clothes to take with me would be something warm and rain proof!
How wrong I was!
Silke and I could not believe that weather! E got in 5 days only a bit of rain, maybe drizzling to be honest. The rest of the time the weather was as you can see the pictures.
No, I’m not joking or trying to create some kind of experiment within this post! It was truly like that! I really don’t know if it was Scotland’s weather presenting me with a local souvenir stating something like “enjoy as much as you can. It will happen again… In 10 months!” 😏
You can see the other pictures if you like in my Instagram. Disclaimer: don’t get envious if you live in Scotland!!
We also had the chance to catch up with some old colleagues of Silke who were astonished by the weather, or by our wizard skills! 😁😂
Thanks Scotland! Great to meet you 🙂 and see you very soon!
So 7 hours later than in the UK, it was time to head with Lisa to the 68th Meeting of the American Academy of Forensics Sciences in… Las Vegas!
Yeah, I know… Only boring places… What can you do, researchers life is tedious sometimes!!
More seriously, this meeting had a huge number of attendees, I think it were attending more than 400 hundred people? Anyway, the first days were to attend workshops. I attended one in profilling and criminal investigation and it was very good all of the content that the speakers provided the audience with. It was very interesting to see the interdisciplinary system they presented betweenpsychology and forensic sciences, which in my opinion has a huge gap currently.
We could now start a discussion about it, and about how natural sciences (which are the majority of fields in forensics such as DNA analysis or toxicology) need to work with the fielda that come from social sciences..!
But instead I’ll speak about the poster session, where I presented my work. It was definitely one of the most busy poster sessions I have ever seen! Besides the conference having some sessions with less interest (for me of course) the poster sessions were always really busy, the organisation made it really well as they didn’t have anything else planned for that moment! 👌
I had my poster on Wednesday and it took 5 minutes from the moment I did hang the poster in the board and the people to come and start to make questions 😃
My poster had some preliminary results from the interviews I started last year and am still doing – I have already more than 35 interviews!!
Some of these results were to show that there is a interesting division in examiners’ motivation. Whereas some examiners have a more task focus motivation, others mentioned that their motivation is more than just the task of comparing fingerprints, instead this bit ackowledges the fact to be for instance engaged in the improvement of the criminal justice system.
This is quite interesting as some of the guidelines in some countries mention that examiners need to work in a 100% blind context.
Anyway, I’m still analysing the results but in a near future (I hope!) I’ll be able to make a better discussions of this 🙂
Phoenix was a real relaxing way to get off Vegas. The city is very calm with loads of sun. For me, coming from Portugal, seems that I’m having a summer week!!
Here I met examiners in two labs. Phoenix Department of Public Safety, and Mesa Forensic Services. I need to thank Eric Ray and Heather Conner for their availability and for their colleagues’ keenness as all of the examiners were extremely kind in participating in my research 😃
In total i got 7 more participants!!
Thanks to all of the examiners who engaged in my research! They know who they are!! 🙂
See ya later!*